Overnight road closures, lane restrictions planned for East Gateway Bridge project

Street view of University Boulevard and two sides of the bridge

Construction crews plan to connect the two sides of the East Gateway Bridge, which will require lane closures and restrictions. Photo by Christopher Gannon (Larger image).

AMES, Iowa – Construction crews are ready to connect the East Gateway Bridge over University Boulevard, which will require lane restrictions and overnight closures. The $10 million bridge project will provide a safe pedestrian route between Jack Trice Stadium and game-day parking areas east of the stadium.

Starting June 27, Iowa State University Facilities Planning and Management (FPM) and city of Ames engineers will restrict traffic to one lane in both directions for approximately four weeks.  Crews will close University Boulevard overnight from June 28-July 1. Below is the schedule, which is subject to change based on weather:  

  • Single-lane closures (both directions): 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 27-July 22
  • Road closures: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. June 28-July 1

Overnight traffic will be rerouted along South Fourth Street, Beach Avenue and Mortensen Road (see map below). Motorists traveling north on University Boulevard will be able to access South 16th during the overnight closures.

The athletics department is paying for the quarter-mile long, elevated walkway with donor funds. FPM expects it will be completed in late July and open for Iowa State’s first home football game on Sept. 3. The project also includes a sidewalk outside the northeast corner of the stadium to connect the north plaza area and promote year-round use of the bridge. 

Map of detour for University Boulevard closures

Traffic will be rerouted along South Fourth Street, Beach Avenue and Mortensen Road during overnight road closures from June 28-July 1 (Larger image).